Transport CS, James Macharia, has issued new regulations that mandate digital taxi apps owners to acquire operational licences, failure to which they risk termination.
The transport authority will issue the three-year renewable licences, while also requiring international digital taxi firms to pay KSh500,000 in application and renewal fees. Furthermore, the authority also mandates the drivers to obtain a digital hauling badge, subject to renewal, at a cost of KSh500.
The new regulations further outline that the licences will only be granted to people who have a tax compliance certificate from KRA, a standard form of contract between the driver and the owners of the vehicle and a certificate of registration as a body corporate.
Additionally, the taxi drivers will only be allowed to work for not more than eight consecutive hours per day, failure to which they may lose their licences. They will also need to have a valid certificate of worthiness affixed at the back of their vehicles.
The digital taxi apps affected by these new regulations include Uber and Bolt.